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Lucky Bastard movie review: Nice Guy in porn-rage massacre

Two contrived things, found-footage and porn, combine to create a flick that is distasteful and downright disgusting in so many ways. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): found footage is played out

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Murderous Nice Guys(Tm) for the, er, win, again. Dave (Jay Paulson) is “a decent guy… a nice person,” and so he deserves to fuck a porn star. And thanks to a Web project by porn filmmaker Mike (Don McManus: Grand Piano), Dave is getting his chance, with XXX star Ashley Saint (Betsy Rue: Miss March)… and it’ll all be recorded for posterity and online sales. Now, Dave knows that the Lucky Bastard Web site gets a lot of bang out of making fun of the sorts of pathetic losers who think they deserve to fuck a porn star and then — invariably, as
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‘Lucky Bastard’ Review

Stars: Don McManus, Jay Paulson, Betsy Rue, Chris Wylde, Catherine Annette, Lee Kholafai, Lanny Joon, Clint Brink, Deborah Zoe | Written by Robert Nathan, Lukas Kendall | Directed by Robert Nathan

When I read the story line for Lucky Bastard I couldn’t help but remember the scene in Boogie Nights in the limo with Roller Girl (Heather Graham) being served up to a “fan”, that didn’t end well and neither does Lucky Bastard. Things never go well when reality is mixed with fantasy…

Lucky Bastard is a website run by Mike (Don McManus) which invites fans to have sex with porn stars. Dave (Jay Paulson) is the latest fan to be selected, and the porn star Ashley Saint (Betsy Rue) is less than happy about doing a scene with an amateur. As the shoot nears and things start getting tense, will Mike get the money shot he expects?

Whatever your
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Movie Review – Lucky Bastard (2014)

Lucky Bastard, 2014.

Directed by Robert Nathan.

Starring Don McManus, Jay Paulson, Betsy Rue, Chris Wylde and Catherine Annette.

Synopsis:

When the adult website Lucky Bastard runs a contest giving the winner a night with a hot porn star, the outcome turns from fantasy to horror in a deadly nightmare no one could possibly have expected.

In recent years the success of films like Paranormal Activity and Cloverfield have seen a marked increase in ‘found footage’ films. It’s almost become an easy option for film-makers too, allowing a very quick, cheap shoot where anything that feels a little sloppy, and not quite on the mark with the performers, can pass as naturalistic. There have been so many found footage films in recent years that it has almost become an epidemic. Rarely has a sub-genre become so popular among film-makers of all levels, from aspiring to established. Are audiences getting tired of them?
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‘Lucky Bastard’ Exclusive Clip

These bastards may not be so lucky.

Lucky Bastard” pushes the boundaries of thriller cinema into the pornography business. With an Nc-17 rating, the movie looks into the scary side of the pornography business—a possible crazed maniac killer.

In a reality porn footage, a porn web site invites fans with porn stars. A young fan was given the opportunity to have sex with a famous porn star, but the cast and crew ended up with gruesome results.

The movie stars Don McManus (“The Shawshank Redemption”), Jay Paulson (“Mad Men”), Betsy Rue (“My Bloody Valentine”), Chris Wylde (“The Revenant”) and Catherine Annette (“Femme Fatales”). It is directed by Robert Nathan.

Latino-Review was provided an exclusive clip with a scene between Don McManus and Jay Paulson arguing after a failed sex scene.

The movie is currently in limited release in select cities.

Check out the Nsfw clip called “Mike Kicks Dave Out” below.
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This Exclusive Lucky Bastard Clip Suggests You Whack Off

Oh, poor Dave, he just can't seem to catch a break. Your typical mild-mannered lover of pornography, Dave is now the winner of an online contest where he gets to sleep with a pornstar (while the cameras roll of course). But even here amongst some buxom ladies, he is, in a way, still getting the short end of the stick *ahem*.   Or, at least that's where things stand in our exclusive clip for the psychological thriller Lucky Bastard. The film is currently playing in New York and La, and though it may seem like your typical found-footage film gone wrong, it's written and directed by TV vet Robert Nathan, who had his hands on both Law & Order and ER. The film stars Jay...

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Exclusive Interview with Director Robert Nathan for ‘Lucky Bastard’

Porn and thriller. What a combination!

Lucky Bastard” pushes the boundaries of thriller cinema into the pornography business. With an Nc-17 rating, the movie looks into the scary side of the pornography business—a possible crazed maniac killer.

In a reality porn footage, a porn web site invites fans with porn stars. A young fan was given the opportunity to have sex with a famous porn star, but the cast and crew ended up with gruesome results.

The movie stars Don McManus (“The Shawshank Redemption”), Jay Paulson (“Mad Men”), Betsy Rue (“My Bloody Valentine”), Chris Wylde (“The Revenant”) and Catherine Annette (“Femme Fatales”). It is directed by Robert Nathan.

Latino-Review had an exclusive telephone interview with director Robert Nathan last week to discuss some details about the film including the actors, plot and camera work. We also got into an extensive discussion about the pornography business and MPAA ratings.

Lucky Bastard
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‘Lucky Bastard’ Review: A House of Sin Falls Victim to a Different Kind of Sinner

We’ve all done it. A movie looks interesting, we start reading the synopsis only to realize it’s a found-footage flick, and we immediately turn and run the other direction. It’s a natural reaction as roughly 96% of all found-footage thrillers are for crap thanks to their consistently similar “plots” and utter apathy towards explaining the presence of the camera(s) in anything resembling a logical way. Which is why movies that dodge both of those bullets are deserving of a second glance. Lucky Bastard deserves that second glance. Mike (Don McManus) produces a web-based porn show called “Lucky Bastard” that picks one hopeful fan and films them having their way with a living, breathing porn star beauty. The latest winner is Dave (Jay Paulson), a shy but enthusiastic viewer whose anticipation at the prospect of having sex with Ashley Saint (Betsy Rue) leads to some premature bubbling over of excitement. That
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Film Review: ‘Lucky Bastard’

Film Review: ‘Lucky Bastard’
A new low for found-footage films, “Lucky Bastard” uses a porno shoot as the stage for a thriller with little mystery and lots of pointless moralizing. Adequately re-creating the look and feel of many amateur sex videos, director/co-writer Robert Nathan follows a porn star (Betsy Rue) and her producer (Don McManus) as they begin shooting an adult movie co-starring an obviously disturbed fan (John Paulson), leading the pic down a tedious, ill-constructed path toward its preachy conclusion. It’s hard to imagine anyone beyond those curious about the premise to seek out “Bastard,” given its Nc-17 rating.

Whether viewers believe that pornography is a terrible business or not, “Lucky Bastard” will do little to convince them to change their minds, much less believe the film is justified in “punishing” those who work in the profession (“If you play with fire … you eventually get burned,” reads one of the opening
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2 Nsfw Clips From Reality Porn Horror Flick 'Lucky Bastard'

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2 Nsfw Clips From Reality Porn Horror Flick 'Lucky Bastard'
Ah, it's almost Valentine's Day and love is in the air! And by love, I mean the kind that gets auctioned off to one lucky pervy fan via a porn website. No, this isn't fact, it's just the premise of the Nc-17 "found footage" movie 'Lucky Bastard,' which opens in limited theatrical release on February 14th. Below we've got 2 new Nsfw clips from the feature. You can check out an exclusive 'Lucky Bastard' teaser trailer we posted a few weeks back, and Fearnet's own Scott Weinberg reviewed and gave his thoughts on 'Lucky Bastard.' 

If you're in NY, the filmmakers behind this opus Robert Nathan and executive producer/co-writer Lukas Kendall will be participating in Q&As during select screenings at Cinema Village this weekend. Can't make it to the screening? Get all your questions answered during the Lucky Bastard Reddit "Ask Me Anything" this Thursday,
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Some Lucky Bastard Is Going to Win Premiere Tickets and a Signed Poster!

The much talked about Nc-17 flick Lucky Bastard is gearing up for release in New York City this weekend, just in time for Valentine's Day, and we have your chance to win tickets to the flick along with a signed poster! Read on for details.

Be aware the contest is open to New York Residents Only. Note my usage of caps to denote just how important that is!

To enter for your chance to win, just send us an E-mail Here including your Full Name And Mailing Address. Winners will be notified Friday Morning, February 14th!

Gotham-based indie film distribution company Cavu Pictures will be releasing the Nc-17 “found footage” feature film Lucky Bastard in theatres nationwide, beginning Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2014, in New York City at the Cinema Village (22 E. 2th Street, NY, NY 10003), and March 7, 2014, in Los Angeles at Laemmle’s NoHo 7 (5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601). The
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Meet the Lucky Bastard in Pair of Red Band Clips

The much talked about Nc-17 flick Lucky Bastard is gearing up for release in New York City this weekend, just in time for Valentine's Day. Because nothing says love like a found footage film about a dude banging his favorite porn star, am I right?

In preparation for the film's big, wet release, check out a set of new red band clips which tease the fun!

Gotham-based indie film distribution company Cavu Pictures will be releasing the Nc-17 “found footage” feature film Lucky Bastard in theatres nationwide, beginning Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2014, in New York City at the Cinema Village (22 E. 2th Street, NY, NY 10003), and March 7, 2014, in Los Angeles at Laemmle’s NoHo 7 (5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601). The film will expand into additional cities throughout the spring.

The director and co-writer of Lucky Bastard is veteran television writer-producer Robert Nathan, best known for his Emmy-nominated work on "Law & Order,
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How Does Lucky Bastard Manage to Be So Good?

How Does Lucky Bastard Manage to Be So Good?
Found-footage thrillers share a lot of qualities with "amateur" porn — handheld cameras, unscripted reactions, and a better-than-average chance that you won't want to watch more than 10 minutes of it.

So how does Lucky Bastard, which combines the two genres, manage to be so good? A solid cast, led by Betsy Rue (as porn star Ashley Saint) and Don McManus (as producer Mike), is the key, performing a sharp, character-driven script by Lukas Kendall and director Robert Nathan.

Mike persuades Ashley to appear on his Lucky Bastard website, in which a "lucky" fan gets the chance to screw a porn star. The gag is, of course, that none of the Bastards are up to a porn-level performance, so they wind up humiliated on video.

That's definitely true of creepy Da...
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Lucky Bastard Review

“Found footage” horror and pornography – why hasn’t someone thought of this already? What a refreshing point of view considering this increasingly stale, lifeless genre – Ok, hold on, are we all watching the same horror movies? Mindless sex, fleshy nudity, and exploited women have been as prominent in horror as the killings themselves, so I’m a tad bit confused over all the “originality” praise surrounding Lucky Bastard. Sure, writer/director Robert Nathan marries sexual perversion and “found footage” tropes for a “new” type of horror, but man, we’ve all seen pornos, right? Do you really want that kind of acting on screen for an hour and a half? While they aren’t even gettin’ jiggy wit’ it? I’d love to make a punny remark about a script that blows its wad far too soon (I suppose I just did?), but without any resemblance of a satisfactory money shot,
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Two Lucky Bastard Trailers

Two Lucky Bastard Trailers
"This will not end well." See what happens when the adult film industry and "found footage" mix in two trailers for Lucky Bastard, the upcoming Nc-17 horror-thriller from Cavu Pictures. When the adult website Lucky Bastard runs a contest giving the winner a night with a hot porn star, the outcome turns from fantasy to horror in a deadly nightmare no one could possibly have expected. The film will be released in limited theaters on February 14th in New York, March 7th in La, and will expand into additional cities throughout the spring. In addition, you can also take a look at the latest poster.

Lucky Bastard is the story of a shy young man who wins a contest to have sex with a famous porn star on an adult website. When the young man arrives at the porno house/set location, his every move is captured on the numerous
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Lucky Bastard Trailer Is Less Than a Minute Man

A new trailer is here for the upcoming cinéma vérité effort Lucky Bastard, which managed to garner itself the dreaded Nc-17 rating, and it's short and to the point. Kind of like a quickie minus the clean-up and need to pee afterwards. Check it out.

From the Press Release

Gotham-based indie film distribution company Cavu Pictures will be releasing the Nc-17 “found footage” feature film Lucky Bastard in theatres nationwide, beginning Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2014, in New York City at the Cinema Village (22 E. 2th Street, NY, NY 10003), and March 7, 2014, in Los Angeles at Laemmle’s NoHo 7 (5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601). The film will expand into additional cities throughout the spring.

Lucky Bastard is the story of a shy young man who wins a contest to have sex with a famous porn star on an adult website. When the young man arrives at the porno house/set location, his
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Fearnet Movie Review: 'Lucky Bastard'

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Fearnet Movie Review: 'Lucky Bastard'
One of the keys to nailing a "found footage" movie is to give your audience a good reason as to why cameras are always running -- even when mass carnage is underway. It's not always believable that a woman would hang on to a video camera while she's being chased by a raving maniac, but it is sort of believable if your horror movie is about a low-rent porno production whose very gimmick is to film everything. And, yes, the "Lucky Bastard" porno site most definitely aims to film "everything."   Surely that's enough of a hook to hang a movie on, right? Found footage, on a no-budget porno set, and the no-name nobody (aka the "lucky bastard") who gets to bed the sexy starlet is, of course, seriously unhinged and just about to explode in a tornado of impotent fury. So given that the head honcho wants everything filmed, and
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Nc-17 Porn-Set Horror Lucky Bastard Unsheathes Its Red Band Trailer And Poster

Lucky Bastard - Not Safe For Work Red Band Trailer - The funniest bloopers are right here For many independent films that are created to try and earn a buck in theaters, there is no greater death knell than the harsh MPAA rating of Nc-17, which almost guarantees low box office returns. But Lucky Bastard director Robert Nathan (Law & Order) and his co-screenwriter and producer Lukas Kendall actively sought out the harsh rating to keep their found-footage adult entertainment revenge story as raw as they needed it to be, already knowing that younger viewers shouldn.t be a part of their audience. Cavu Pictures recently penetrated the public consciousness with the film.s red band trailer, and if you thought this was going to blow all other found footage flicks out of the water.you might want to start draining the pool yourself. The story is nearly as simple and
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Red Band Trailer and Poster Revealed for Lucky Bastard

A new red band trailer and one-sheet has been released for Robert Nathan's upcoming found footage thriller 'Lucky Bastard'. The action revolves around a porn website that selects a lucky candidate to have filmed sex with one of their popular porn stars. But it turns out their system of selection may need some severe modifications as mild-mannered Dave (played by Jay Paulson) isn't as mild-mannered as the organisers first thought. 'Lucky Bastard' also stars Don McManus ('Grand Piano'), Chris Wylde, Catherine Annette and Betsy Rue as pornstar Ashley Saint ('My Bloody Valentine'). The movie's rated Nc-17 and will premiere on 14 February in New York and on 7 March in La. Check out the new one-sheet and Nsfw trailer below....
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Found Footage Horror Flick Lucky Bastard Scores a Nasty New Trailer

I know what you’re thinking, so I’ll address this right up front. Why in the world am I wasting your time with a trailer for another one of those “found footage” horror flicks? Truthfully, I have pretty high hopes for director Robert Nathan’s upcoming Nc-17 genre effort “Lucky Bastard.” And, no, it has nothing to do with the fact that it’s set against the backdrop of the adult film industry. Okay, well, kind of. But not entirely. I’m all for pushing boundaries, particularly since most horror flicks seem to offer up the same old thing time and time again. I’m not saying “Lucky Bastard” is one of those movies — after all, I haven’t seen it yet — but I think the premise is interesting enough to warrant a look. There you have it. I’ve justified to you why I write the things I do.
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Exclusive Red Band Trailer for Lucky Bastard Is Anything But Safe for Work

Okay, kids! Here's an exclusive for you cats that is so naughty that it's nice! We have the red band trailer premiere for the upcoming cinéma vérité effort Lucky Bastard, which managed to garner itself the dreaded Nc-17 rating. Check it out!

From the Press Release

Gotham-based indie film distribution company Cavu Pictures will be releasing the Nc-17 “found footage” feature film Lucky Bastard in theatres nationwide, beginning Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2014, in New York City at the Cinema Village (22 E. 2th Street, NY, NY 10003), and March 7, 2014, in Los Angeles at Laemmle’s NoHo 7 (5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601). The film will expand into additional cities throughout the spring.

Lucky Bastard is the story of a shy young man who wins a contest to have sex with a famous porn star on an adult website. When the young man arrives at the porno house/set location, his every move is
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